News Release

Washington, D.C., (May 02, 2011) – The 30th annual Capital Challenge invitational three-mile team race will take place May 4 in East Potomac Park at 8 am. Proceeds from the event will support D.C. Special Olympics.

This year’s special guest is Dick Beardsley, an accomplished athlete, author, inspirational speaker, TV commentator and radio announcer. He holds the title as the fifth fastest American marathon runner of all time.

Teams from the news media and legislative, executive and judicial branches of government will participate in this premier Washington, D.C. running race. Of special note is the participation once again of Indiana Senator Richard Lugar, who has run in every race since the Capital Challenge’s inception.

“Bringing runners together in a spirited event from the Washington D.C. community is a welcome retreat from our busy lives,” said ACLI President and CEO Dirk Kempthorne. “The Capital Challenge represents a special endeavor for our association. We are honored to donate the proceeds to D.C. Special Olympics.”

ACLI member company sponsors include AEGON USA, ING, John Hancock, MetLife, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual, Principal Financial Group, Prudential, RGA, Swiss Re, and the Western & Southern Financial Group.

For more information, including results and photos from previous years, visit


The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is a Washington, D.C.-based trade association with more than 300 legal reserve life insurer and fraternal benefit society member companies operating in the United States. ACLI members represent more than 90 percent of the assets and premiums of the life insurance and annuity industry. In addition to life insurance and annuities, ACLI member companies offer pensions, 401(k) and other retirement plans, long-term care and disability income insurance, and reinsurance. ACLI's public Web site can be accessed at


Vanessa M. CdeBaca, (202) 624-2449
Vanessa M. CdeBaca, (202) 624-2449